Freshman Auburn cornerback Joshua Holsey
AUBURN - Back home in Fairburn, Ga., as he was intercepting 19 passes in his career at Creekside High School, Joshua Holsey dreamed of playing college football at the highest level. And now he is doing that as a freshman Auburn cornerback.
"It's great," said Holsey, 5-foot-11 and 188 pounds. "I always pictured myself playing big-time ball. Now I'm here. I just have to produce and do my job and help my team win games. That's all I really want to do."
According to defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder, Holsey and fellow freshman Jonathan Jones, another Georgian, are pushing hard to do just that. With Robenson Therezie out with an injury in Saturday's scrimmage and Chris Davis out of Wednesday's scrimmage, they took advantage.
"They've had some impressive reps," VanGorder said. "They are still learning, but as a coach, the more experience a guy gets, the more you kind of trust that player. You've seen more responses from him. It makes that situation a little more cloudy and competitive, which is a good thing."
That doesn't mean either of them is threatening to move into the starting lineup. It doesn't necessarily mean they will play at all, but they have moved in that direction.
It has been, Holsey says, an experience and a challenge like no other.
"In your dream, everything goes well," Holsey said. "When you really get here, it's hard, it's tough. Everything doesn't just go where you want to go. You have to go through bumps and bruises to get to where you want to be."